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After the Blast is set in the wake of total environmental disaster. The human population has retreated underground. Experience is simulated. Fertility is regulated. And Anna and Oliver have one last chance to have a baby.
When Lacey, a ballerina at the peak of her career, finds out she's pregnant, a new neighbor moves next door that changes the course of her life altogether.
The Aran Islands is a compelling adaptation by Joe O'Byrne of John Millington Synge's classic work. In 1898, on the advice of W.B. Yeats, Synge went to live among the islanders to "express a life that has never found expression.'' In this gray, sea-battered landscape, full of mist and wild rain, hearth is home and storytellers regale listeners with tales by the fire. Here Synge found inspiration for many later works, including The Playboy of the Western World and Riders to the Sea. Brendan Conroy, one of Ireland's finest actors, captures the spirit of Synge and of this bleakly primitive, mystical land on the west coast of Europe. In the great tradition of Irish storytelling, The Aran Islands is a haunting and transporting experience built around an incredible performance.
New Dance Theatre, in a coproduction with Access Theater, makes its New York debut with Asylum, a dance-theater take on the breaking through the barriers of isolation caused by the stigma of mental illness and the power of compassion. An original work devised and choreographed by New Dance Theatre company members.
Before Liberace entered the world of glitz and glamour, the legendary showman crossed paths with history's most notorious gangster and his girlfriend, forming a unique bond. Featuring a lavish original score, this world premiere musical explores the phantasmagorical life of the iconic performer and his nearly career-shattering struggle to maintain privacy with respect to his sexual orientation. Friendship, love, and the quest for redemption play out for one of showbiz's most unique trios in the telling of this remarkable story.
Black Angels Over Tuskegee is the story of the Tuskegee Airmen told in narrative of six men embarking upon a journey to become pilots in the United States Army Air Forces. The play explores their collective struggle with Jim Crow, their intelligence, patriotism, dreams of an inclusive fair society, and brotherhood. The play goes beyond the headlines of the popular stories of the Tuskegee Airmen and exposes the men who exhibited the courage to excel, in spite of all the overwhelming odds against them.
Winner 2009 Artistic Achievement Award "Best Play"
"Uplifting! Inspirational! This show is also tough to resist. By the end, when the pilots overcame their obstacles and finally got up into the air to the swelling of music, tears welled up in my eyes." - New York Times
In Checks and Balances or Bottoms Up!, a Gotham schoolgirl learns to be a feminist activist after being deemed a white elitist by her friends. Not least of her motivations is the injustice and callousness of a certain giant puppet who represents the dominion of arrogance and calls to passing women, "Here pussy, pussy, pussy!" During a spontaneous protest by subway passengers on the L train, this unlikely heroine acquires two key allies — a subway conductor and a teacher — and is inspired by three others — a Buddhist monk disguised as an itinerant bum, an investigative reporter, and a blue fairy. Together, they witness the agony of deportation, the shortage of health care, the misery of unemployment, the threats to clean air and water, and the fight to stifle the free press. So they set out to thwart the monster of apple pie fascism and threats of planetary death from the pumpkin head of state.
After joining the staff at a school for the deaf, a speech therapist with an unorthodox approach to education, James, played by Joshua Jackson, becomes infatuated by Sarah, a vivacious, yet delicate, deaf woman, played by Lauren Ridloff. James tries to help Sarah, a school dropout, navigate her way through the hearing world; however, Sarah finds solace in her sphere of silence. Yearning to understand each other, yet set in their ways, a romance unfolds as the two attempt to communicate their heart's desires not only to one another, but with world around them.
Select performances will include an ASL interpreter.
A Clockwork Orange lures audiences into the glass-edged, testosterone-filled underworld of a dystopian future. The explosive story of young Alex and his rebellious gang of droogs is a groundbreaking classic of orgiastic violence and sexuality. As hauntingly relevant today as when Anthony Burgess's book was first published in 1962 and when Stanley Kubrick's film adaptation caused a stir in 1971, A Clockwork Orange is an unapologetic celebration of the human condition.
Antichrist comes disguised as Christ, promoting himself as the world's savior. He tells four kings — who represent humanity — that he is the true messiah and that he can rise from the dead. When he has just about convinced them of his divinity, two Old Testament prophets — Enoch and Elijah — enter and dissuade the kings from worshipping Antichrist. Antichrist attempts to verbally spar with them and, when he realizes he cannot win, he massacres all of them. But when all seems lost, the Archangel Michael arrives to set things straight.
In the year 1949, three elite members of the Poe Society gather in honor of the 100th anniversary of the death of Edgar Allan Poe. They hope to induct new members into the Society as well as attempt to summon the spirit of Poe and discover how he really died. Their foray into the spirit world through the eyes of a medium takes a sharp left when the spirit of Poe arrives and events do not go the way anyone expected.
The Cooping Theory: Who Killed Edgar Allan Poe? is an intimate, multisensory, immersive, paranormal experience located in a 150-year-old speakeasy in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Enjoy a theater event featuring craft cocktails, delicious food, and live music after the show in the beautiful upstairs bar and outdoor patio at St. Mazie Bar & Supper Club.
Held hostage by their past, a family grapples with failure, worth, and a world closing in around them. In this hyper-theatrical production, human beings become objects, music carries the memory of days long gone, and a life is reduced to a mortgage. Theater Mitu's staging of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman explores a landscape of unrealized hopes and asks what happens when you are written out of the American dream.
Hailed for its "compelling and innovative programming (WQXR Radio)," dell'Arte Opera Ensemble presents its 2017 UNTAMED! Opera Festival as a summer share in downtown New York City's La MaMa Theatre. Spotlighting the unpredictable, wild characters of opera, this year's festival explores parallels between human, animal, and supernatural realms. dell'Arte opens the festival with two fully staged rarities: Francesco Cavalli's La Calisto, which combines the two Greek myths of Jove's seduction of Calisto and Diana's affair with Endymion; and Leoš Janáček's Příhody lišky Bystroušky (The Cunning Little Vixen), which tracks the intersection of animal lives with those of humans and explores their common experiences. For audiences new to opera, the festival offers a colorful tapestry of several works in UNTAMED! Opera Scenes, excerpts from Carmen, Rusalka, Pelléas et Mélisande, and more; and Wild Things, a recital of repertoire about the animal kingdom and other "untamed" creatures.
A new rock opera.
An audience-immersive rock-opera experience, The Demise is a cross between Alice in Wonderland, The Wiz, and Dante's Inferno. The show pushes the boundaries between reality and theater, making an audience member the star of the show. Exploring themes of isolation and the quest for inspiration in the midst of personal despair, The Demise ultimately celebrates the beautiful, complex nature of our world.
Julius Caesar enters Rome on the Feast of Lupercal as a hero beloved by the populace. He has triumphed first over the Gauls, then over the army of the Roman general, Pompey. When the senators see the reaction — including Mark Antony attempting three times to crown him as a king — some take this as a threat to Rome. Senator Cassius in particular has serious misgivings about Caesar's ambition.
As a great storm besets Rome, Brutus ponders his course of action. Disaster threatens the Republic, but the cure may be worse than the disease.
Please join The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company as we explore what would cause the senators of Rome to remove Caesar from power. We also want to examine how these senators ignored and misread the will of the people of Rome, causing a long and bloody civil war once Caesar was gone.
The last great generation of the Roman Republic was full of legendary people. What lessons can we learn from these people for ourselves today?
Inspired by the classic children's book The Story of Ferdinand, Ferdinand tells the poignant story of Tom, a single dad, struggling to go with the flow and raise his son in a world determined to make him fight. Raised on the story of his namesake Ferdinand, the bull who refused to fight but just wanted to sit and smell the flowers, young Ferdy learns the hard lessons in life as his father endeavors to shield him from the harsh realities of adulthood.
Freedom Riders: The Civil Rights Musical tells the true story of activists who boldly challenged the legality and optics of the Jim Crow South by riding buses in mixed groups. It features Civil Rights icons Diane Nash, John Seigenthaler, John Lewis, Congress of Racial Equality's original 13 riders, and other fearless activists of the Civil Rights Movement. Freedom Riders is a soaring portrait of the fearless voices of the Movement who used nonviolent direct action to initiate change.
gas·light (noun): a form of manipulation through persistent denial, misdirection, contradiction, and lying in an attempt to destabilize and delegitimize a target.
Also known as Angel Street, Gaslight is one of the greatest psychological thrillers of all time and was made into a movie starring Ingrid Bergman. It tells the story of Mr. Manningham, a suavely handsome man, who is slowly driving his gentle, devoted wife Bella to the brink of insanity with seemingly overwhelming kindness while sowing seeds of doubt, memory loss, and misperceptions. This play contains some of the most brilliant, suspenseful sequences in modern theater. And in 2017, its themes are nothing if not timely.
His family, his friends, his secrets...all get left behind.
At age 15 Milo Reynolds had it all - a seat at the popular table, the perfect girlfriend, the "coolest" parents, and friends who worshiped him. So when Milo takes his own life on Monday morning, his friends and family are left questioning everything they thought they knew about him. Generation Me explores the heartbreak, confusion, and survivor's guilt of those left behind. Told in flashbacks that open Milo's story like a mystery, Generation Me identifies a generation more privileged, self-interested, oblivious...and lonelier than ever.
Goodbye Buddy is a dark comedy about a woman sentenced to death and what happens when two guards discover they're all out of ways to kill her. But when the execution goes awry, Buddy develops a relationship with one of the guards in an attempt to stay alive. Along the way, Buddy discovers the reason for her imprisonment, plays the free pass game, and even sings some Billy Joel. Beyond the debauchery, Goodbye Buddy is a play about the absurdity of government, finding friends in the most unlikely of places, and confronting death.
Hair celebrates the 1960s counterculture in all its barefoot, long-haired, bell-bottomed, beaded and fringed glory. To an infectiously energetic rock beat, the show wows audiences with songs like "Aquarius," "Good Morning Starshine," "Hair," "I Got Life," and "The Flesh Failures (Let The Sun Shine In)." Exploring ideas of identity, community, global responsibility, and peace, Hair remains as relevant as ever as it examines what it means to be a young person in a changing world.
Oscar Isaac returns to the Public Theater in this electrifyingly intimate new production of Shakespeare's enduring drama Hamlet. Isaac plays the prince caught between thought and action, not to mention anger and anguish, as his uncle assumes the throne left vacant by Hamlet's murdered father. As the dead king calls to him from the grave, demanding to be avenged, Hamlet is forced to choose between bearing the oppressor's wrong and taking arms against a sea of troubles. Tony Award winner Sam Gold directs theater's most powerful tragedy about life and death, madness and conscience, and corruption — of the state as well as of the soul.
Henry VI Part 3 revisits the late 1400s, when a series of wars for control of the throne set the House of Lancaster (symbolized by a red rose) against the House of York (symbolized by a white one). This play is one of four in Shakespeare's canon (Henry VI, Parts 1-3 and Richard III) that deal with the horrors of these conflicts, which threw the stable country into pandemonium as families broke down and moral codes were vitiated for the sake of payback and power. Hamilton Clancy's adaptation will dress the characters in suits, not armor.
Federico García Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba (La Casa de Bernarda Alba) is a tragedy set in a cloistered world of women in 1930s Spain. A tyrannical mother dominates her five unmarried daughters, all of whom harbor a secret passion for one man. Their repressed environment leads to an explosion of passion, jealousy, hatred, and despair.
Note: The play is performed in Spanish with English subtitles via Simultext® In-Seat Captioning System. At matinee performances, subtitles are provided only by request.
Julius Caesar, triumphant at the end of a long war, returns to Rome and receives a celebratory welcome. But fear of the citizens' unchecked devotion to Caesar pushes many of his closest friends to wonder how far populist support will take him. Those who fear tyranny and enslavement find themselves at odds with neighbors who want security. The whole city becomes embroiled in the controversy. After Caesar's fateful assassination on the Ides of March, Marc Antony's prophecy comes to pass: "Caesar's spirit, ranging for revenge, / With Ate by his side come hot from hell, / Shall in these confines with a monarch's voice / Cry 'Havoc!' and let slip the dogs of war."
In Julius Caesar, audiences see how easy it is for well-intentioned patriots to let disagreement explode into bloody civil war.
Written by award-winning actor and playwright Mark Adrian Ford, this is a play about perseverance. Set in a dystopian realm, a spirited woman named Heroina must search through the seemingly innumerable Mountain of Keys. She is given the right to search until she dies. If she can find the correct key (while fending off unexpected sabotage from con artists, guards, peers, and High Judges), it will open the Great Door to Paradise, improving her life forever. So she's been told. "This is a story about a feisty, middle-aged woman who is dead set on creating a better life for herself," says director Alison Preece. "It's unique, inspiring, and devastatingly funny."
This timeless comedy-drama inspired by true events is really a fun and educational piece all wrapped up in one evening. A Haitian family in modern-day NYC, with Haitian-American kids who just want to live out the American dream. That's almost impossible with immigrant parents, so conflict arises. And out of conflict easily comes comedy for those watching.
In this inventive and highly theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis' classic, two actors give a tour-de-force performance that's sure to delight children and adults alike. Through the magic of theater, Peter and Lucy take viewers to Narnia, where the White Witch has cast a spell that makes it always winter and never Christmas. See them meet Mr. Tumnus the faun and conspire with talking animals to save Narnia. Come face-to-face with Aslan the Great Lion and cheer as Peter, Susan, Lucy, and Edmund courageously battle the forces of evil and discover that love is the deepest magic of all.
Note: This show is open to everyone but most suitable for ages five and up.
The lives of four young Syrians are changed forever after anti-government protests transpire in the city of Daraa. Throughout the next six years, each of them is forced to undergo a unique and heroic journey, while the turmoil in their country erupts into a full-fledged civil war. From the Middle East to the streets of New Orleans, Lost and Guided is a universal story of love, friendship, and the struggle for happiness. Based on transcripts from writer-director Irene Kapustina's interviews with Syrian refugees living in the U.S.
Written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner David Auburn (Proof), Lost Lake is an engrossing, evocative play. Part drama, part melancholy comedy, Lost Lake relates the story of Veronica and Hogan, imperfect strangers tangled up in each other's lives by circumstance. Veronica, in need of an escape from life's uphill battle, takes her children to a lakeside rental. Unfortunately for her, not only is the property is less than ideal, but it includes a bedraggled and secluded estate owner: Hogan. Both fighting their own battles, the two outcasts find complicated comfort in their shared isolation. Directed by Daisy Walker (Dracula: The Musical), this stirring, unexpected, and visceral play is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.
The joys and perils of motherhood, the hovering shadow of infant mortality, and the sting of loneliness and rejection merge as Mary Shelley creates her masterwork, Frankenstein. The creature that Dr. Frankenstein produces, an assemblage of disparate elements, coalesces into a monster with a human soul. His horrific appearance conceals the gentlest heart. Through no fault of his own, he descends into evil. Excerpts from the 1818 edition of Frankenstein, music, and dance are interwoven with Mary Shelley's letters and diaries, creating parallel narratives as both dramas unfold. This production features music by Bach, Liszt, and Schubert.
NEC SPE / NEC METU (no hope / no fear), written by Sara Fellini and directed by Pat Diamond, is a collection of two dovetailing monodramas about the Baroque painters Artemisia Gentileschi and Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.
In NEC SPE, Caravaggio confesses his hideous sins to an imagined or ethereal priest after his own brutal and untimely death, possibly searching for forgiveness. In NEC METU, Gentileschi recounts her notorious rape and torture in order to reclaim her legacy and illuminate her life and art.
Three young men visit the legendary Stonewall Inn for a birthday celebration. With hopes of fixing a broken relationship between Corey and Bryan, a new friend enters who takes an interest in joining them in the birthday bash. Corey's secret birthday gift to himself has more in store than he bargained for. A Night at Stonewall is a short, powerful play about love, awareness, and the consequences of living in a society of app-based hookups.
Note: This show contains some nudity and is for mature audiences. Also, A Night at Stonewall is part of the Strawberry One-Act Festival. Viewers will see three plays in addition to this production. They will vote for the two best plays, directors, and actors from all the shows they see.
Odysseus has done terrible things; things he'd rather not remember. Like so many of our veterans, he struggles to resolve his actions with his conscience and forgive himself for terrible deeds done in the name of duty; and like so many refugees, he finds himself fundamentally changed by the trauma he's experienced. Can he ever go back to the person he once was all those years ago in Ithaca? Can he ever truly return "home?"
While spending their 48th summer at Golden Pond, curmudgeon Norman and his sweet wife Ethel reconnect with their estranged daughter when she visits with her new boyfriend and his teenage son.
Jane-ites rejoice! Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy have found their new summer home on the Hudson.
Kate Hamill (Bedlam's Sense & Sensibility) debuts her playful new adaptation of Jane Austen's classic romance on the rolling grounds of Regency-era Boscobel! The outspoken Elizabeth Bennet faces mounting pressure from her status-conscious mother to secure a suitable marriage. But is marriage suitable for a woman of Elizabeth's intelligence and independence? Especially when the irritating, aloof, self-involved… tall, vaguely handsome, mildly amusing, and impossibly aristocratic Mr. Darcy keeps popping up at every turn?! What? Why are you looking at us like that? Literature's greatest tale of latent love has never felt so theatrical, or so full of life than it does in this effervescent new adaptation.
A Co-Production with Primary Stages.
Set against the backdrop of theoretical axioms and the discovery of a potentially historic mathematical proof, David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning play is an extraordinary story of familial devotion and discord, identity, sacrifice, trust, and the precarious pathway linking brilliance and mental instability.
Catherine has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, Robert, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father's who hopes to find valuable work in 103 notebooks her father left behind. A burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father's madness — or genius — has she inherited?
A tale of hope and courage.
A young refugee girl arrives penniless and alone in what appears to be the most frightening place on earth, Qing Cheng – the Dark City. Follow Ahn's journey as the harrowing becomes habitable, and hope and humanity triumph in a dangerous city. Based on the real-life Kowloon Walled City just outside of Hong Kong, this uniquely Chinese/American musical offers up a timely exploration of the refugee experience.
Raghs, which means "dance" in Farsi, is the story of a young Iranian-American girl who falls in love with an older Iranian cousin. Throughout a series of heartbreaking losses, this naive love carries her from adolescent innocence to womanhood.
Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking 1959 drama chronicles the struggle of the Younger family to escape their impoverished existence on the south side of Chicago and find a more prosperous life away from the limitations of their segregated black community. The decision to move to Clybourne Park, an all-white neighborhood, tests the family's core values and fortitude.
Theresa Hanneck is a celebrated author and veteran feminist warrior; Msemaji Ukweli is a promising young writer who is quickly becoming the leading cultural critic on race, class, and gender for a new generation. When a heated exchange between the two women goes viral, Theresa finds herself ill-equipped to manage her message in the era of 140-character tweets — especially against a rival whose time may have come. A collision of ideals within the feminist movement propels JC Lee's riveting drama from breathless start to surprising finish.
In Washington Irving's classic fable, a lackadaisical 18th century Dutch farmer in the Hudson Valley falls under the spell of magical mountain folk, sleeps for twenty years, and wake to find his world transformed. Rip's America, like our own, is one of bewildering change and astonishing growth— but at what cost to tradition? In this contemporary adaptation, Irving's tall tale becomes a lively celebration of community and the spell of nature, and asks a universal question: how do you return home when everything you know has changed?
Shakespeare's tragic tale of two young lovers.
Embroiled in a feud ignited by their own families, Romeo and Juliet find their world at odds between an unwavering devotion to each other and the pressure from others to pull them apart. This 90-minute production also features a talkback with the actors and a study guide is included!
A drama based on a 2012 incident about a group of U.S. Army renegades in Fort Stewart, Georgia, who plot to kill President Obama and overthrow the government, and of the unwitting involvement of an innocent couple.
A writer who is engaged to be married travels around the country to visit ex-girlfriends in the guise of making amends. Old wounds are reopened, secrets are uncovered, and ulterior motivations for his journey become clear.
The word "sonder" refers to the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own. In Dan Moldovan's new drama, a couple moves into 14 Haven Street to begin their new chapter on the same page where the previous tenants, Mark and Sam, left off. The newbies dig deeper to learn more about Mark and Sam and, along the way, discover what's actually important in the world.
In a strange relationship that lasted 14 years and was conducted exclusively through letters, Pyotor Ilyich Tchaikovsky and his patroness Nadezhda von Meck were united through the invincible power of a disembodied love in which they both found refuge. Plagued by doubts about the greatness of his music, tormented by the fear that his homosexuality would be discovered, and trapped in a marriage to a woman who was eventually committed to an insane asylum, Tchaikovsky found in von Meck an "invisible angel." Tchaikovsky: None but the Lonely Heart honors their unique relationship in part through music, including the composer's Piano Trio in A minor.
Shakespeare's tale of blood, war, and witchcraft dives into the psyches of the power-hungry Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
Sometimes the answer we don't want to hear is the answer that will save us; in his silence, can you hear him?
"This show shares an important message regarding life and the choices we make when we hit our lowest points and how our decisions impact those around us." – Sean O'Shea, director
Dixon Place presents the coproduction of world-famous beatboxer and Drama Desk Award recipient Chesney Snow's The Unwritten Law. Snow comes direct from his run in Broadway's In Transit. Detailing his life's journey from his inherited legacy of incarceration to the responsibilities of fatherhood, homelessness to Harvard, and ultimately starring on the Broadway stage, The Unwritten Law is an unforgettable evening of one man's poignant story. Adeptly weaving his inspiring, deeply personal tale with original music, contemporary dance, stunning visual design, and his signature beatboxing skills, Snow brings to light over a century of his family's history in the deep South.
The vibrancy of Vincent van Gogh's paintings is only half his story. He frantically worked on several paintings at a time, experimenting with color and form. Time became his enemy as violent fits of madness and terrifying hallucinations consumed his being. Wrestling a fractured psyche, he nevertheless remained determined to paint the beautiful, fragile world he saw and revealed his struggle to his brother Theo. Van Gogh's Ear brings the painter's tormented creativity to life. "If my work is that of a madman," said the play's subject, "I should prefer my insanity to the sanity of others."
Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. A girls indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. The Wolves is a portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals.